5pm.co.uk Announces The Scottish Restaurant Awards To Honour Culinary Stars
on: February 23, 2010, 8:57 am
Industry: Food & Beverage
The stars of Scotland's restaurant scene have battled it out
to take home a culinary Oscar from the third annual Scottish Restaurant
Awards in association with the country's top online reservation and
review site 5pm.co.uk.
Hosted by food critic & broadcaster Tam Cowan at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange, the
Scottish Restaurant Awards were set up to celebrate the outstanding creativity, customer service and top
quality dining on offer throughout Scotland.
The top accolade of Restaurant Of The Year went to The Peat Inn (Fife), while its
chef/proprietor, Geoffrey Smeddle was handed the hotly contested Chef Of The Year
The Best Fine Dining title was given to Edinburgh restaurant Martin Wishart, while the Best
Pub Grub award was won by The King's Wark. Both venues are based at The Shore area
of Leith proving that it has an excellent chance of picking up the title of
Google's Top UK Foodie Street this year.
The gong for Best Newcomer went to Rocpool Reserve Hotel (Inverness) and the coveted
Best Customer Service tribute was won by Hotel Du Vin (Glasgow).
But it wasn't just restaurants in the two biggest cities that took home prizes.
The Best Rural Restaurant honour was bestowed upon Cail Bruich. Perthshire was
represented by Ardeonaig Hotel & Restaurant, the winner of Best Hotel Restaurant,
and Opus One was named Best Urban Restaurant.
Initial nominations for restaurants were made by diners, restaurateurs and suppliers
online, with the shortlist and eventual winners being chosen by a prestigious
judging panel. The panel comprised: Sunday Mail Columnist, Alison Craig; Beverly
Payne, director of The Collection Ltd; Gordon Muir, Head of Marketing at Matthew
Algie; Debbie Nelson from Health at Work; Neil Thomson founder member of the
Federation of Chefs; Ronnie Somerville MD of 5pm.co.uk; Gio Benedetti from Wallace
Cameron Ltd; Fran James from the Edinburgh Restaurateurs Association; Charles Shaw
chairman of 5pm.co.uk; David Maguire chief exec of the Glasgow Restaurateurs
Association; Steven Doherty of The Cook School Scotland; Charlie Lockley head chef
at The Boath House Hotel; Jonathan Trew Travel & Food Writer.
Charles Shaw, Chairman of 5pm.co.uk said: "The culinary standard in Scotland gets
better and better every year. As the country's favourite online reservation and
review site, 5pm.co.uk is delighted to support the recognition of these fantastic
chefs and restaurateurs."
5pm.co.uk is co-sponsor of the The Scottish Restaurant Awards with Business 7.
The full list of finalists is available from www.scottishrestaurantawards.co.uk.
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